Earlier this year, after [artist id=”3274550″]Katy Perry[/artist] announced [artist id=”500933″]Robyn[/artist] as an opening act on her California Dreams Tour , the Swedish pop sensation was asked in several interviews (including our own ) about her thoughts on Perry’s music … and, as it turns out, she didn’t have any.
Of course, that non-answer began to make the rounds, and before long, folks began to interpret Robyn’s silence on the subject to mean she didn’t like Perry’s music, which would’ve made opening for her slightly awkward, to say the very least.
But as Robyn told MTV News at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival over the weekend, nothing could be further from the truth. Except for the part where she said she didn’t have an opinion on Perry’s music. Because, at the time, she didn’t.
“I think that girls are always expected to have opinions about each other, and maybe I don’t have an opinion about some things, you know? That doesn’t mean I have a bad opinion or a good opinion, it’s just that, at that point, I never met her,” Robyn said. “I didn’t know much about her album that was out, and it was hard for me to have an opinion, and that’s all. There’s some songs that she’s made that I think [are] amazing: the pre-chorus in ’Teenage Dream,’ I wish I had wrote that. So, it’s all good.”
And Robyn was quick to point out that, while folks were practically falling over themselves to ask her for her take on Katy Perry, rarely, if ever, has she been asked for her opinions on artists of the opposite sex. While she stopped short of connecting the dots, you can pretty much infer any and all social ramifications that fact may contain. “I think it goes especially for girls. We’re always expected to have thoughts about what the other person is doing, and I think that’s silly,” she said. “You very rarely get asked about another guy as a male artist.”
And so, having put the supposed drama to bed, Robyn is ready to admit that she’s having an absolute blast on the California Dreams Tour … and she couldn’t be happier to be sharing the stage with Perry.
“For me, bigger’s not always better, I want to do things where I feel like my integrity of what I do onstage is not compromised, and I knew she was a fan and she wanted me to go on and just do my thing, and that’s why I did it,” she said. “It was an easy decision. If I get to do my thing, there’s no place I won’t do it. It’s great to be on that stage and her audience is amazing.”
Do Robyn and Katy make good tourmates? Tell us in the comments!